Up to 20 new jobs are set to be created in the Isle, as the result of a deal securing use of the former Sandtoft airfield, by a major UK company. ONE of the country’s biggest salvagers and auctioneers of prestige cars, HBC Vehicle Services Ltd, has agreed a five-year deal to create its new regional headquarters at Sandtoft Grange Farm, off Belton Road in Sandtoft. The company will use the former airfield to store cars before they are auctioned and transported to new owners. HBC currently has 13 sites in the UK and this agreement could eventually create around 20 additional full-time jobs as the new site becomes operational. Duncan Willey, a chartered surveyor from PPH Commercial who negotiated the deal on behalf of TA White & Sons Ltd, believes HBC’s arrival in Doncaster will be an excellent addition to the local economy. He said: “This is the largest single letting of land to be completed in Yorkshire or Lincolnshire this year to date, so it is obviously an important deal of real significance. “It’s always pleasing to help bring new jobs to an area because it creates a feel-good factor and once again proves that Doncaster is a great location to do business.” Before the deal could be done, money was ploughed in to improving the site’s services and drainage to ensure it’s suitability for long-term use. Negotiations took almost six months to complete, added Mr Willey. It was hoped the site would be operational in September, but weather constraints held the start date back and it is now hoped the opening will be this month. The 21-acre site will be the second largest in HBC’s portfolio.
Aerial view of the development site